NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WOOD) - In the 12 days since Jessica Heeringa went missing from a Norton Shores gas station, investigators have reviewed several earlier complaints from workers at other gas stations.
Police say Heeringa, 25, was abducted from the gas station where she works on April 26. Wednesday, they said blood found at the gas station is Heeringa's.
A task force has been working long hours to find Heeringa for 12 days. As part of that investigation, the looked into reports from area gas stations including the on where Heeringa works. Some involved a silver minivan like the one connected to Heeringa's case.
"Several cases of men mainly hanging around gas stations that were making the female clerks feel very uneasy," Norton Shores Police Chief Dan Shaw said.
Shaw would not detail those reports or how police got involved, but did say investigators have looked into those possibilities.
"Some of those people we did track down within this investigation to find out if they were involved in Jessica's disappearance," Shaw said.
According to the chief, the complaints came from gas stations other than the Sternberg Road Exxon Mobil from which Heeringa disappeared.
"It's not just this station. We have other stations that reported the same thing in the more urban area of our city," Shaw said.
A couple miles away, workers at another gas station said they have had a few issues of customers making clerks uncomfortable, but the manager said they have a couple of deterrents: Surveillance cameras and more than one person working at all times.
But Heeringa was working alone when she vanished and the gas station did not have surveillance cameras at the time.
The owner of the Sternberg Road Exxon Mobil declined to speak to 24 Hour News 8 Wednesday and asked the crew to leave. Some other Norton Shores gas stations also declined to comment.
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